For Michigan survive and advance has a whole new meaning
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 22:54
Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded OR held on to end No. 7 Michigan's dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal Thursday night.
He knew Walton liked to drive to the right and he took that away from him, forcing Walton to pull up for a deep two, sending six years of Ennis' life into the air. Been a top-five player in college basketball this postseason.
Dorsey's recent surge has been timely, for sure.
The game went back and forth, with neither team grabbing more than a six-point lead.
MI had a chance to win it. Derrick Walton Jr. got the separation he needed (probably more than he was expecting) and launched a shot right at the 3-point line, but it hit the front of the rim and ricocheted to the right.
It's been an interesting path for Dana Altman's Ducks, but they are still dancing and have made it back to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year.
"Got a lot of respect for him as a coach, as a person", Altman said. It was a great team. "We weren't sharp as we would have liked to have been today, but you have to credit OR with that". She now leads the Ducks with an average of 14.9 points and 8.7 rebounds overall. Oregon's Jordan Bell made a critical tip-in of a missed free throw by Dylan Ennis, and a layup by Tyler Dorsey (20 points) provided the final margin before MI called a timeout with a minute left. Three-point attempts by Derrick Walton Jr. and D.J. Wilson.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Player of the year front-runner Frank Mason III poured in 26 points, Kansas turned on the jets in the second half and the top-seeded Jayhawks soared to a blowout of No. 4 seed Purdue in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
MI was 11 for 31 from 3-point range.
After Walton missed a layup on the other end, Dorsey gave the Ducks the lead.
"I probably should have fouled, but I wanted to make that last stop", Ennis said. "I wish we could have more games to play together because I think a couple minutes throughout the game we didn't show the type of team we were becoming". O'Mara scored on a power move inside, but missed a free throw to give Arizona (32-5) a final chance.
"It's amusing, we never really put a goal on how far we can go, just because we didn't know what we had, " OR coach Kelly Graves said.
With the Blue Devils unable to get Greenwell going, the Ducks continued surging anytime Duke got close, with Hebard, Cazorla and Bando all scoring in the final 1:33 of the third period to put their team up by 11.
Michigan: The Wolverines got on a roll late in the season, and they became a tournament favorite after their plane skidded off the run way as they attempted to take off for the Big Ten Tournament.
Ultimately, fatigue might have caught up to them. But they shot just 39.3 percent against the Ducks, and fatigue might have been a factor.
MI 68, OR 65 (1:58): Walton hit a step-back jumper to give MI its sixth consecutive made field goal and a three-point lead heading into the final media timeout.
Kansas used two big runs, including an 11-0 charge highlighted by Lagerald Vicks' 360-degree dunk, to take control. Caleb Swanigan had 18 points and seven boards for the Boilermakers.